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Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 18, 2007, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: I just came back from a Starbuck's date with Sue Depner. She and I met on-line while I was planning the 40th for our class, and we have been frequently e-mailing since. We finally were able to set aside time to meet each other for the first time in person. She left Hawthorne the Summer before 7th grade. She lived across the street from Tom Leighter, and said Paco and Ty Goodman were at her house a lot, visiting her brother. Yet another meeting through Cougartown, and a chance to go down Memory Lane.
Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 9:02 pm - HHS Time
City & State: River City
Message: Hello JB, I have a little story I'd like to share with you. Last night my daughter was hosting a birthday party for her best friend Lisa from college. She and all of her friends are turning "30" sometime this year.....yikes! Anyway, I stopped by for about an hour to wish her a happy birthday and as I was standing outside on the back porch I was approached by a young man who said to me, "If I mention the name John Baker will you throw something at me"? I first thought what an odd thing to say, then I replied "Absolutely not, why do you ask"? He then introduced himself to me as Cory Reagan.....son of Bob Reagan - one of your classmates . He went on to tell me what a good friend you have been to his dad over all these years. He said that the movie "American Graffiti" was really about you, his dad, and Gordon Bell. Somehow, I can believe that! Anyway.....just another six degrees of separation from Cougartown. Hope you and all the other Cougartown Dads had a Happy Father's Day.
Name: linda huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 7:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: torrance, california
Message: To Marilyn Ross; What a sweet sentiment for brother Ken, Marilyn. I know you had written before, when Ken was ill. Rest assured that he had a peaceful passing, and he will be missed by me, and all who loved him. We are planning a service, and I will get back to CT, when it's finalized. God bless, Linda Huthmaker
Name: Karen Fuller ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 7:02 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sonora,CA
Message: I promised that when i got the NERVE i would write about my First FRENCH KISS--(i take a deep breath)--a few years before my mom died, I asked her a question. "Mom, do u remember when i was in high School and you gave me a little "TALK" about sexuality? it went something like this "DEAR, U ARE AT AN AGE WHEN U MAY FEEL CONFUSED ABOUT BOYS AND GIRLS--U MIGHT THINK U LIKE GIRLS BETTER THAN BOYS--DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT, IT IS JUST A PHASE" Mom, what WAS that ALL about? "then she dropped the bomb on me--" Karen, someone from HHS called me and told me u were seen in the middle of campus kissing a girl" I WHAT???? Mom. i certainly don't remember kissing anyone--not a boy and not a girl" then a few days i did remember..... it was a girl who was always wanting to try things she heard about..her name was XXXXXXXX.. i was always the one who got in trouble because of her sense of curiosity. here's what really happened... "Karen" she said. "do u know that French people kiss differently?" i never KNEW anything!--the answer was always the same "NO" she said "stretch your tongue out"--so of course i did--the next thing i knew she was touching my tongue with hers and we both jerked back and yelled "YUK!" that was what prompted the little "talk" by Mom. HA! now for my first REAL FRENCH Kiss--had to be after my braces got off--that was my first yr. in El Camino College.
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 12:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hey John, Happy Father's Day to you and all the Dad's out there. For the Aviation Little League's people I have loaded all the Baseball team Pictures I could find (that I played on or my Dad Coached) from 1967 to 1973. See www.hhs77.com
(S&L section)(Sports & Leisure) So enjoy, we were high tech back then! And you can see the LAAFB with the Saturn Rocket in the background. Another land mark gone but not forgotten. And Mike Hinsch you can add these to our Reunion Video **Hint** Hint.
Name: Leslie Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 9:32 am - HHS Time
City & State: Whittier , CA.
Message: To my brother's, Wade and Kirk, Happy Father's Day!!! Love ya much - LouLou
Name: Joyce Savisky-Chance ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 9:01 am - HHS Time
City & State: La Habra,Ca.
Message: FIRST KISS: Sixth grade (1956) at the far end of the field at lunch time with the cutest little "Red Haired Boy" at Ramona Elementary School. I would like to thank him for introducing me to his Best Friend, John Baker. "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, JOHN". Thank you for our two wonderful children, Kelly & John Robert xo
Name: Ron Dokken ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 7:19 am - HHS Time
City & State: Endwell, NY
Message: Hello to all. I just had a great reunion with Lois Palmer Mcdaniels (55). On Jun 14, while visiting relatives in ca, I finally met her again after 52 years. We had a wonderful time. She had 20th and 40th reunion pictures which I had never seen. Back in the day, we lived only a few houses apart on 119th St. It was so interesting to catch up on news of old friends. I remembered her as a real cutie - and she still is!
Name: Laura ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 17, 2007, 4:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Austin, Tx
Message: Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. Keep up the good work!
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 9:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: I just want to let everyone know that my brother, Jerry Miles (HHS '66) is undergoing surgery. He was in very good spirits and hoping to be back home by Wednesday or earlier if all goes well.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 11:08 am - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I would like to tell the Huthmaker family how sorry I am about Ken. I only met him once at Fosters but he was such a nice guy I never forgot. I'm proud to call him a fellow Cougar.
Name: Cliff ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 9:15 am - HHS Time
City & State: Northridge, Ca
Message: Thats a great story on the 57 Belvedere! Besides the Cuda, it was probably the coolest car Plymouth ever made. Funny though, this car has outlasted the brand name. And in the age of purses containing tranquilzers and cigarettes, I bet the car has a longer lifespan than most of the folks who would have driven it. He he he. I'd sure like to see them try to start it with that 50 year old gallon of gas!
Name: Sonia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 8:59 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: In 1957 I worked the 4-4 plan (school 4 hours and work 4 hours) as the ?Sr.? Cashier at the United Artists Theater in Inglewood. I sold tickets in the booth, tracked sales of tickets, and typed all of the schedules for all employees. I was paid $0.80/hr and at that time thought it was good money as it sure beat babysitting! When we promoted the coming feature, ?Ten Commandments?, Charlton Heston came to the theater to have publicity photos taken and at the request of my manager, I had to wear a ?dressy? dress to work as I was to be in the photos. At the age of 17, anyone over 18 was ?old? to me and after the photo shoot, Charlton Heston put his arm around me and asked me for my phone number and then asked me out, in which I told him no. I thought ?ewww? an old man wanted to date me. Right after graduation (?57) I went to work for Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo. In 1959 (in-between jobs) I went to work for the original Red Onion on Hawthorne Blvd. I started out as a Hostess and then was ?promoted? to a waitress. It was fun as I worked with my mom who had to serve the beer for me as I was too young. The food was great and I was allowed to create my own tacos, but after a few months I decided that I did not want to serve Mexican food forever and went to work for the National Cash Register Company as a Department Secretary.
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 7:50 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: I've already mentioned this before, but my first "soul kiss" was Kathy Hoctor in the 6th grade playing "spin the bottle," (lucky guy!!!). My first slow dance was with Jeanne Burk at a Boy Scout Dance Party. But Bonnie, how did you ever find a job in Venice all the way from Holly Glen????
Name: Bonnie Lou Cozby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 6:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ocean Park, WA
Message: Just got caught up on the Feedback pages...fun topics! My first job was at Pioneer French Bakery on Rose Ave in Venice. I worked on Saturday, selling hot, out-of-the-oven french rolls, sourdough bread and baguettes. It was pure heaven and to this day I am addicted to sour dough bread and butter. $1.35 an hour seems to stick out regarding wages and the time frame must have been early 1969. First kiss...more than a peck but nothing too technical, was in 6th grade with my "steady" (meaning I wore his St. Christopher's medal), Glen/Eric Evans. We were walking home on Isis. I was on a game show called The Liar's Club in 1978. Didn't win the first time, but there was a technical error so they had us on again. I won a trip to Palm Springs, an endless supply of suntan lotion, a set of luggage and a fantastic queen mattress set that we still have! Regarding Hawthorne real estate...We are in the middle of negotiations selling my mother's home in Holly Glen. It is original, no major upgrades but is in great condition and has a tiki patio...$618,000. Many of you have been there for some craaaazy parties. Sad to see it go, I love that house. There, I'm caught up for now. Who remembers their first slow dance? I was in 5th grade, a party at my friend's house and it was the first time I wore nylons. Don't remember the boy, but the song was "End of the World". I still recall the smell of his Jade East mixed with the wool of his Pendleton when I hear it.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 16, 2007, 12:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: That Tulsa/car burial story is pretty weird. I just don't get it. Guess I don't have the right genes.
HEY Cougars, while I'm thinking of it... June is Cougartown DUES month. If you are reading this then YOU ARE A MEMBER! PLEASE send in your $10 annual dues. Ten bucks for 365 days worth of entertainment is a bargain the likes of which you will not find ANYWHERE else! Not to mention all the interesting things you learn, like, upcoming reunions, Hawthorne memories, YOO HOO, buried Plymouths, Hot Cougars, first kisses, property values, and bald heads reflecting the light of the moon!
Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 15, 2007, 9:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Riverside CA
Message: I had posted part of this in an earlier feedback. My first job was working for a Japanese gardening/landscaping business based in Hawthorne but most of the work was around the new (at that time) office buildings next to LAX. Got paid a buck an hour. Lot of money for a 14-year-old in 1954. Never worked so hard in my life. Union goons, uh, I mean representatives came thru and threatened to picket the business unless they fired all of us. That was the end of my summer job. After that, I made a few bucks and learned a lot helping a neighbor build his custom car. - Baxter
Name: linda huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 15, 2007, 8:43 pm - HHS Time
City & State: torrance, california
Message: Dear All, My wonderful brother, Ken, and everyone's friend, passed away, today, in his sleep, and very peacefully, at 5:40PM, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. No one could have been braver than Ken was, the whole time he suffered with the Pancreatic Cancer, these last months. He is the bravest man I've ever known, and never complained about anything. I, and his 3 children, will miss him, terribly, but know he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our parents, and many relatives. May God bless him, and thank you, to the many wonderful friends, and loved ones, who visited him, constantly, called him, sending flowers, and cards. Everyone loved Ken. Love, Linda Huthmaker
Name: Robert Gunnin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 15, 2007, 6:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tustin, CA
Message: Please add my name to the list, thanks.
Name: joseph mailander ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 15, 2007, 12:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: inner city la ca
Message: John, did you catch the news straight outta Tulsa about this streamline baby
? Or maybe it just appeals to me, because that's the precise car my parents had when I was born. You never know what might have happened in that hotel-room sized back seat...but I've got a feeling this car appeals to your set too, as I'm sure you machinophiles know that 1957 was the year that fins peaked to their full extent on Chevrolets and Plymouths. It's a good year to unearth! Looking at that car in my infancy, I guess I grew up unwilling to compromise: the cars I've privately coveted all my life have been the utterly finless '67 Vette Stingray and the fin-resplendent '57 Chevy Nomad. Short of those, John, it's been...public transportation! Love you, MAAANNNNN, and get set for another great and Endless Summer!!